Yoenis Cespedes Signs with Oakland A's: 5 Most Shocking Offseason Moves

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Yoenis Cespedes Signs with Oakland A's: 5 Most Shocking Offseason Moves
Yoenis Cespedes will be a member of the Oakland A's.

Yoenis Cespedes, the Cuban defector whose prodigious athleticism made him one of baseball's more intriguing free agents, has signed with the Oakland A's.

The same Oakland A's who dealt not just their best pitcher but their two best pitchers, Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill, have now turned around and signed on to an unproven Cuban outfielder.

It's a bit of a head scratcher since generally speaking, when you deal your best pitchers, the assumption is that you're entering into a form of rebuilding.

Not in Oakland, though. Cespedes has a four-year, $36 million contract, and after that, he can become a free agent. Does Cespedes relish the thought of playing in a pitchers' ballpark and in all likelihood not getting to the postseason? Who knows? Perhaps Billy Beane who has, without question, been a general manager that's hard to read has another slew of transactions up his sleeve? Only time will tell.

The Cespedes signing so close the official start of spring training has to be one of the more intriguing moves of what has been an interesting offseason for Major League Baseball. There have been some other shocking moves as well.  

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